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Artist Talk: Fiona Crisp

Join us to hear Fiona Crisp talk about her exhibition Material Sight, and her practice in greater depth on Wednesday 9 May at 6.30pm at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

The event is free but booking is requested HERE

Fiona Crisp explores how we might encounter spaces where the frontiers of knowledge are being expanded. Material Sight is a new, large-scale commission that uses photography, moving image and sound to approach the material environments where experiments that challenge the limits of our imagination are carried out. For nearly two years Crisp has worked with three world-leading research facilities for ‘fundamental science’: Boulby Underground Laboratory, sited in the UK’s deepest working mine, Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology and Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, the world’s largest underground laboratory for particle physics, housed inside a mountain in central Italy.

Material Sight runs until 13 May 2018 at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and will then tour to Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology, London from 7 June – 14 July 2018.

Fiona Crisp is an artist known for creating installations of large-scale photographs that question the presence of the photographic object as an unstable and deeply equivocal phenomenon. Her projects have been created by spending intensive periods of time in particular locations. Previous projects have included working in the Early Christian catacombs of Rome, and in a Second World War underground military hospital. Crisp studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. The project Material Sight has been supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Crisp’s work is held by several national collections of contemporary art, including Tate, the British Council, Arts Council and Government Art Collection. Fiona Crisp is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.

This event has been programmed in partnership with NGCA: as part of our series exploring the relationship between photography, science and technology, Observe. Experiment. Archive.

Image: Fiona Crisp, Osservatorio Astronomico di Campo Imperatore, 2018.   Giclée print from colour transparency.  Image courtesy the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.


A Collective Endeavour: A Discussion with Document Scotland

The Granary Gallery, Dewar’s Lane, Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1HJ
Saturday 6 May 2017, 1.30pm-3.00pm

As part of the current exhibition at The Granary Gallery –‘Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland’, Berwick Visual Arts in partnership with NEPN invites Document Scotland to explore the motivations, benefits and responsibilities of working collectively in the age of individualism.

We will be joined by Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Sarah Amy Fishlock of the collective who will present their own photographic work and discuss how working collectively can amplify the social and political impact of photography and its reach.

Free, but places are limited and must be booked in advance, via

Programmed by Berwick Visual Arts in conjunction with the exhibition Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland(11 February – 14 May 2017) at The Granary Gallery.

Beyond the Border is an Impressions Gallery Touring Exhibition curated by Anne McNeill together with the Impressions Gallery.

 Image: Jon Richardson, known as Gaius Iulius Raeticus, Glasgow (detail), 2013 ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert / courtesy Impressions Gallery


Portfolio & project peer mentoring for early and mid-career photographers. 

The Granary Gallery, 2nd Floor, Berwick YHA, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1HJ

Saturday 6 May – 10.30am-12.30pm  SPACE AVAILABLE 

Berwick Visual Arts in partnership with NEPN and Document Scotland invite early and mid-career photographers from North-East England and the Scottish Borders for a portfolio and project mentoring session.

The session will provide critical advice in a supportive and informal environment. Bring along your portfolio or work in development in physical prints or on laptop to discuss with fellow photographers and artists and members of Document Scotland, Berwick Visual Arts and NEPN.

There is a maximum of 6 participants for this event and an application process in place. Applicants should submit 1 page (max.) artist statement, including brief description of the project or work they would like to discuss, biography and a link to their work. Please submit applications to: by 5pm on Thursday 4 May.


Photographer Talk: Michele Allen

Photographic artist Michele Allen will be speaking about her practice and recent projects at City Library & Arts Centre, 2nd Floor (Meeting Room), Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE on Wednesday 27 April at 6.30pm. 

This talk is free however booking is requested HERE

Programmed in partnership with NGCA.

Michele Allen is a photographic artist and researcher based in North East England. Her artistic and academic work is broadly concerned with sense of place, and is created in response to specific locations incorporating photography, video and oral history. Her practice often involves some degree of collaboration with communities in its production, and she has exhibited work as site-specific installations and more conventional gallery exhibitions.

She is interested in revealing hidden histories, or unfamiliar views of places and is fascinated by the variety of different perspectives that can exist in connection to any given place or situation. She regularly presents papers about her work at conferences across the UK and has exhibited nationally. Her work has been supported by the AHRC and Arts Council England.

For this talk she will discuss her current exhibition at Sunderland’s City Library & Arts Centre ‘Public and Private’, a series of photographs, texts and a video piece that was produced whilst she was artist in residence at Durham Castle (a UNESCO world heritage site). The work responds to the castle’s history as a site of government and current use as a home to students of University College, tapping into the heritage site’s relationships to the wider region. Originally conceived as a site-specific installation in the castle, the work will be reconfigured in the library building, bringing images of artefacts and texts from the Castle’s collection to Sunderland (a historical province of County Durham) to further reflect on the relationships formed between Durham and the wider region. She will also discuss a new body of work ‘For the Elevation of Man’ exploring changes to public space, which will be exhibited in the Library & Arts Centre this May.

Public & Private opens on 9 April and runs up until 11 May 2016 (Private view 15 April 6-8pm, all welcome).

For the Elevation of Man opens 14 May until 18 June 2016.  (projects 2004-2010, new site currently in development) video produced during Durham castle residency ‘Aesop’s Feast’

Image: Untitled from the series Public and Private, 2016 © Michele Allen

Aaron Guy, A Shift in Extraction

Aaron Guy’s new artwork A Shift in Extraction is to be exhibited at the Hatton Gallery as part of a curated group show ‘Unsensed.’  Directly developed from earlier works made during a residency at Newcastle’s Mining Institute which was supported by NEPN in 2011, A Shift in Extraction explores how the layers of our environment are being shaped by invisible forces, changing the way we interact with the urban landscape.

The exhibition runs from 19 September – 12 December 2015, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle.


Image: Blue Wave from A Shift in Extraction ©Aaron Guy



Great North Greats – Development Opportunity

Great North Run Culture (GNRC), NEPN and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums are pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for practicing photographers/photographic artists, in the context of the GRNC-curated exhibition ‘Great North Greats.’  Great North Greats, currently exhibited at the Discovery Museum, explores some of the most important luminaries, inventors and innovators in the industrial and social history of the north east and celebrates the region as the birthplace of many great scientific developments and inventions.  Among them, Joseph Swan, a physicist and chemist, inventor of the incandescent light bulb and an early pioneer of wet plate photography.

Critical Context
In recent years we have seen a resurgence of interest in 19th Century processes, and of the materiality of the resultant prints and their function as art objects and collector’s items.  The wet plate photograph is a one-off, a limited edition work and exists as a counterpoint to the throwaway, point and shoot nature of the digital photograph.

A number of questions arise for practicing contemporary photographers when exploring this medium. Can the delicate craft and skill needed to use this process be combined with concept and can the created works be said to be ‘critically-engaged’?  What is the relationship between traditional and digital process, particularly when our images are now shared through digital networks and social media.  Do photographs created in this way become artefacts?

5 photographers, selected through open call, will be offered a free collodion photography workshop, to be delivered by photographer Paul Cordes, and access to the rich stores held at the Discovery Museum to inform a short enquiry relevant to their current research interests.

The wet plate workshop will be held on Monday 12 October 2015, applicants will need to be available on this date.  A tour of the archive is scheduled to take place on Saturday 3 October.

The selected cohort will be invited to share their learning at an informal reading group for participants and a small number of invited practicing photographers.

Application deadline: 22 September 2015 at noon.  Please note the tight turnaround time for applications.

Applicants should consider how this practical workshop and visit to the museum stores would benefit their professional practice and inform their conceptual enquiries when submitting:

  • A short (1 page max.) letter of interest which should include description of a short enquiry or project they are pursuing of relevance.
  • CV
  • Up to a max. of 3 images of previous work or links to portfolio

Please email application to: with the subject line ‘Application: Photography’

Opportunity supported by Great North Run Culture, The Great Run Company Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council and Port of Tyne.

Image: Installation as part of Great North Greats, Discovery Museum ©Colin Davison

The Caravan Gallery’s Sunderland Pride of Place Project – Closing Celebration!

The Caravan Gallery’s Sunderland Pride of Place Project Closing Celebration!

Friday 1 May, 5-9pm

18 Fawcett Street, Sunderland

Join us at the Closing Celebration of The Caravan Gallery’s Sunderland Pride of Place Project to mark the end of what has been a triumphant month long residency for the artists, hosted by the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and the people of Sunderland.

Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale devised their Pride of Place Project concept so that everyone can join them in thinking about who we are – and how we live now. The Sunderland Pride of Place Project hub on Fawcett Street has been a space for everyone to participate, and over the past month the walls of the pop-up exhibition space have been filled with artwork, photographs, quotes, poems, sculptures, postcards and memories from the people of Sunderland.

Jan and Chris have shared their own photographic impressions of the city at the hub and met many local people including some of Sunderland’s more colourful characters! An extensive exhibition of their work, extra{ordinary} – Photographs of Britain by The Caravan Gallery can also be seen at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art until 1 May, and is accompanied by a new hardback publication which is available at the special price of £20.

Workshops and events have been held in the Pride of Place Project hub and have prompted conversations and connections between people who might never have ordinarily met. It is hoped the legacy of The Caravan Gallery’s project will be one of creative sharing, communication and collaboration, so that similar exhibitions and events will continue long after they have departed. A commemorative publication featuring highlights of the project will be produced and The Caravan Gallery will return later this year for a book launch and reunion.

The Closing Celebration will be a chance to see what is now an extensive exhibition and social commentary about what it means to live in Sunderland now. There will still be a chance to contribute to the hub’s activities throughout the event and also again on Saturday 2 May (the final day of the project). Refreshments will be provided but visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks too, and there will be a chance for people to perform poems, songs or play their own music during the event.

For more information please contact NGCA: 

Image credit: ©The Caravan Gallery

Retraced: St Cuthbert’s Final Journey – Paul Alexander Knox

Retraced: St Cuthbert’s Final Journey – Photography Exhibition, Millennium Place, Durham.

Preview: 27th June 5-8pm
Exhibition: 28th June till 3rd August 2013 (open daily from 10am-5pm)

When the Vikings descended on Northumberland in the 9th century the Community of St Cuthbert were forced to flee their sacred and holy island. They gathered up their most precious belongings; the body of St Cuthbert, the head of St Oswald, the bones of St Aidan and the Lindisfarne Gospels, and set on a momentous journey that helped shape England.

In April 2013, Richard W Hardwick, writer-in-residence for Durham University’s School of Applied Social Sciences, travelled with award winning photographer Paul Alexander Knox along the whole route. They visited the locations the Community of St Cuthbert took refuge in, recorded the landscape they journeyed over and told the stories of the people they met along the way.

The exhibition is a visual documentation of their journey.

The Felling, Dawn Felicia Knox

Dawn Knox Mining Institute



Juliet Chenery-Robson work at Eaga House, Newcastle


‘A Diagnosis of Exclusion’ & ‘Unpredictable Patterns’, photographic projects by Juliet Chenery-Robson will be viewable at Eaga House, Archbold Terrace, Newcastle, NE2 1DB on 2 March, 9 March and 16 March from 1.00-2.30pm.

The exhibitions form part of the ‘Life with Art’ programme and are supported by ME North East & ME Research UK

Further Information is available by contacting ME North East, Tel: 0191 3892222

Side Cinema screen Somewhere to Disappear